Packet pick-up (and most importantly the restrooms) were located inside. After picking up our bibs and shirts we hung out inside for a bit. Here I found a courtesy charging station so I was able to keep my phone fully charged while waiting - BONUS!
The first gravel portion was about 1/2 mile out and back which basically cover the entire 7th mile. I was very paranoid about the gravel and made my way through it very gingerly. Despite slowing down just a bit, I was still on a good pace. We then headed towards the lake which provided us with a gorgeous view for sure.